Stevenson W. Close Sr., 81, farmer, real estate...

August 10, 1998

Stevenson W. Close Sr., 81, farmer, real estate agent

Stevenson Williams Close Sr., a retired Harford County dairy farmer and real estate agent, died after a long illness Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 81.

From 1950 until 1965, Mr. Close raised pure-bred dairy cattle at his Cool Branch Farm near Churchville. He then worked as a real estate agent until the early 1980s.

Mr. Close, who moved to Leeswood in 1979, was born in Bel Air. He left Harford County only for school, to serve in the Army during World War II and to work for four years as an advertising executive in New Hampshire.

He graduated from St. James School near Hagerstown in 1934 and earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University's College of Agriculture in 1941.

During World War II, he served in France with the Army Corps of Engineers, attaining the rank of major.

After the war, he moved with his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Michael, who died in 1967, to New Hampshire to become an associate advertising manager for an association for Guernsey cow breeders. In 1950, he purchased Cool Branch Farm and returned to Harford County.

Mr. Close's family roots in Harford County date to the late 1700s, said his son, Stevenson W. Close Jr. of Hampstead. He said his father's grandfather, Stevenson Archer Williams, was an attorney in the county who ran for governor in 1903 as a Republican.

Services for Mr. Close will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 2929 Level Road, Route 155, Churchville.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife, the former Beverly Michael, whom he married in 1969; another son, C. Michael Close of Dover, Del.; a daughter, Sarah C. Everett of Deltona, Fla.; a brother, Albert P. Close of Churchville; two sisters, Ariel S. Close of Street and Harriet C. Begg of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

Pub date: 8/10/98

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